UK officials frequently visit Rakhine State and receive regular reports about the situation of the Rohingya, which remains of grave concern. The Rohingya continue to suffer from severe restrictions on their freedom of movement, on their access to livelihoods, schools, healthcare and places of worship. The disenfranchisement of the community in the November election and removal of white card identity documents have further compounded the denial of the most basic rights of the community.
Addressing Rakhine and the persecution of the Rohingya community will be a pressing challenge for the incoming government in Burma. We will continue to work with the new administration on addressing the human rights violations carried out against the Rohingya. The UK is one of the largest bilateral donors to Rakhine providing over £18 million in humanitarian aid since 2012, including an additional £6.2 million in 2015/16.